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1955 education and 2005 Education

My education and my Grandparent's education have been extremely different. My education has seemed to evolve around everything electronic; most of it has come from books and computers. My Grandpa said most of his education came from work. Grandpa graduated from high school in 1955. My Grandma did not graduate, but she received her G.E.D. in 1956.

Grandpa said there wasn't much too his high school education. He said there wasn't anything electronic in the school at that time, calculators or computers. Unlike now, the lockers in his school didn't have locks on them. He said that most of his learning came from reading in books. Occasionally the school would get a guest speaker, although this didn't happen often.

During my education, teachers have had many more resources available to them than they did during my Grandpa's time. Calculators, computers, and TV are everyday tools used for teaching. Teachers taught us how to use a calculator at a very early age. Since the fifth grade, I have used a computer to write or research most of my work. Every year, the amount of work I do on a computer increases.

We now use computers every day, as well as graphing calculators and other technological advances such as the scanner and the Internet. We use computers to do anything from typing English papers to checking our e-mail. My Grandparents never imagined things such as the computer, let alone the Internet.

My Grandparents attended classes, such as basic math, English, reading, and science. The math they took is now compared to the math I took in the sixth grade. Now many different classes are available to students, and if the school doesn't offer the classes the student can take them on line. One thing that confuses them is that I can type something at school, then email it to myself and type on it at home later. In some of my classes, we build web pages; my Grandparents have no idea what a web page is.

Another major difference in our education is the size of the school and the number of kids in each class. My Grandparents' school was small compared to our school, and our school is small compared to most schools to day. My Grandpa's graduating class had 20 kids in it and that was considered a large class. My class graduating from Clark had around 600 My Grandpa said the main reason he stayed in school was to play sports. The reason I stayed in school is so I can go on to college. My Grandpa said that back then; you really did not need to have that good of and education to get a good job. It wasn't like it is now, where you have to go to college to get a good job, unless you go to work in the coal mine.

My education and my Grandparents education have been very different. I think that my education and my Grandchildren's education will be just as different, but in other ways. Schools probably won't be called schools anymore, they will be probably be called Learning Institutions. Computers will probably be something of the past along with TV, movies and calculators. Everything they learn will be taught to them over a computer liked object. The computers will probably look like a laptop, only smaller and lighter. The connections will be very fast. The Internet will be something of the past, something newer, faster and better will be used.

The student's computers will all be attached to the same line and the teacher will just put the assessments on his computer and send them to the students. They will be able to do almost everything online. The students will not even have to come to school most of the time if they don't want to. The only reason they will have to come to school will be to take tests. The students will not be called by name; they will each have a code that they use for everything. They will put their code, instead of their name, on their papers. To get on a school computer they will have to enter their code, so then the school can track anything they do. The lockers will have locks on then that use the same code as every thing else.

This will be good because now there is the problem in some places with ranch kids getting to school. Some ranches I know in Texas are two or three hours away from a county road, then still another couple hours away from a town with a school. Those kids could just take their classes over the Internet and not have to worry about getting to school everyday.




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